Every year tens of millions of migratory birds, including raptors, are killed or injured by poorly designed, planned and sited energy infrastructure. They collide with installations such as wind turbines and power lines, get electrocuted on power distribution poles, and suffer loss of their habitats due to energy generation plants and associated facilities. Demand for energy is increasing rapidly. This is resulting in the construction of more and more energy related obstacles and ultimately higher mortality rates for migratory birds.
The AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa recognized the WMBD campaign as an effective tool for increasing understanding of and raising awareness for waterbirds in Africa. They therefore highlighted the need to encourage and support the celebration of the WMBD campaign in Africa, through for example providing seed funding for the organization of activities at the national level, as indicated in Result 4.3.2 of the AEWA Plan of Action for Africa 2012-2017.
Spain signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) today at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Madrid.
At the invitation of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marine experts from 15 Northwest Indian Ocean countries participated in a regional workshop to describe marine areas meeting criteria developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs).